narcoleptish wrote:I On the issue of fully automating city parking ramps I am completely against it.
I parked in the Mifflin ramp recently and when we came to the exit gate found the attendant was not there. Since I also prefer to pay in cash we had to back out of line, find the cash payment machine at the opposite end of the ramp on another floor, pay in cash, then drive back to the exit and finally able to leave the ramp. Sure, I guess if I would have known about the lack of attendant we could have paid before getting into the car, but still seems everyone would need to make that mistake at least once before they know the process to pay in cash.
Another issue is security. Already cars are broken into quite regularly in ramps. With no attendants that crime will be even easier to get away with.
Finally, technology is prone to fail. Tech vendors are great at showing how much money you can save by buying their new products, but rarely do they spend much time on how they handle problems. If the new credit card parking meters are already failing I can just imagine the problems the automated ramps will cause when they fail. Will the city have techs on hand (on call?) to rush out to fix the problems or will they be at the mercy of some vendor in another state? How much parking revenue will be lost when they have to lift up the gates and let everyone park for free because the "system is down".
It seems to me this is not the time to be investing a lot of money into automating something that seems to be working fine in order to lay off a bunch of people in rather low paying jobs.